15 Ways to Make Crowded Food Festivals Feel Elegant

Two recent Los Angeles food and wine tasting fests kept things classy and uncluttered.

By Alesandra Dubin September 5, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival & Tyrone D. Washington

Food festivals are notoriously crowded—and sometimes, frankly, even gross, with dirty plates left on every available surface and long, unruly lines for tasting stations and parking lots.

But the two food and wine festivals that just wrapped in Los Angeles—Los Angeles Food & Wine at various locations around town and the Los Angeles Times's Labor Day weekend the Taste at Paramount—both demonstrated numerous ways to keep the experience elegant and fuss-free.

From hands-free wine glasses to impeccable food presentation and smart sponsor integrations, here's a look at how they did it.

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